It is different now. Everything is slow and mature. The gathering is different. The grandparents are all gone. We are the older generation now. The children have grown up and moved away. My son has flown in but we touched our daughter and son in law with Skype. It was not as good as being here but surprisingly joyful. That is one of the blessings of technology. They are literally around the world yet can be in our living room at the same time.
At the Christmas Eve service I was able to enjoy the noisy babies and hyperactive toddlers around me. Been there. Done that. And my grown up toddler towers over his mother and I. But it brings back wonderful memories of times that were real trials but have been covered with the varnish of time.
Eventually everyone will get up. Eventually we will have breakfast. Eventually we will add to our traditions. It is kind of a human version of the holiday we are celebrating.
(Galatians 4:4 KJV) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,Enjoy the moments in memory and motion. Celebrate the eventually of God.
homo unius libri